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Between paperwork and accreditation requests, a few minutes at the Preah Ang Dong riverside pagoda…

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/10/2014: Young boy offering his hair on prayer day at the Preah Ang Dong riverside pagoda.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/10/2014: Young boy offering his hair on prayer day at the Preah Ang Dong riverside pagoda.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/10/2014: Young boy offering his hair on prayer day at the Preah Ang Dong riverside pagoda.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/10/2014: Young boy offering his hair on prayer day at the Preah Ang Dong riverside pagoda.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/10/2014: Young boy being cleansed with holy water when offering his hair on prayer day at the Preah Ang Dong riverside pagoda.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/10/2014: Young boy being cleansed with holy water when offering his hair on prayer day at the Preah Ang Dong riverside pagoda.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/10/2014: Worshipper releasing offerings in the Tonle Sap river on prayer day at the Preah Ang Dong riverside pagoda.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/10/2014: Worshipper releasing offerings in the Tonle Sap river on prayer day at the Preah Ang Dong riverside pagoda.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/10/2014: Worshippers releasing birds for good luck on prayer day at the Preah Ang Dong riverside pagoda.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/10/2014: Worshippers releasing birds for good luck on prayer day at the Preah Ang Dong riverside pagoda.

Nearly 20 people were wounded yesterday on Sihanouk Boulevard during the violent dispersion by municipal security guards of a demonstration held by villagers from Preah Vihear province who wanted to get their land issue known to Prime Minister Hun Sen.

See also HERE.

This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for Land‘ story which is available as an iApp on iTunes and which reports on land issues in Cambodia since the year 2000 with texts by Robert Carmichael and over 700 photographs.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, the day after having been violently dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, the day after having been violently dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, the day after having been violently dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, the day after having been violently dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, the day after having been violently dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, the day after having been violently dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Luon Sovath, buddhist monk and land rights activist, documenting wounds sustained during the violent breakup of a demonstration on the previous day. Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, were dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Luon Sovath, buddhist monk and land rights activist, documenting wounds sustained during the violent breakup of a demonstration on the previous day. Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, were dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, the day after having been violently dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, the day after having been violently dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, the day after having been violently dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, the day after having been violently dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Ouk Woman showing the bruises she sustained during the violent breakup of a demonstration on the previous day. Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, were dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Ouk Woman showing the bruises she sustained during the violent breakup of a demonstration on the previous day. Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, were dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Ouk Pich Samnang, land rights activist, showing his wounds sustained during the violent breakup of a demonstration on the previous day. Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, were dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Ouk Pich Samnang, land rights activist, showing his wounds sustained during the violent breakup of a demonstration on the previous day. Members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, hosted for the last weeks by the Kampuchea Krom monks of Wat Samaky Reangsey, were dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Seang Sovannara, head monk of Wat Samaky Reangsey, talking to members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, the day after having been violently dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/10/2014: Seang Sovannara, head monk of Wat Samaky Reangsey, talking to members from the evicted community of Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune in Preah Vihear province, the day after having been violently dispersed by security guards during a demonstration near Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence.

Three separate protests took place in the streets of Phnom Penh this morning. Two of them are nearly part of a ritual: Boeung Kak lake residents protesting at City Hall about finally, after several years, having a clear delimitation of the 12,44 Ha promised by Prime Minister Hun Sen, and the relocated railway community protesting at the Asian Development Bank for its implication in the poor results of that relocation.

The third demonstration, although on the same topic of a land issue, was held by a new, very determined group: representatives of more than 250 families from Choan Ksan district in Preah Vihear province. They are temporarily hosted by the monks from Kampuchea Krom at Wat Samaky Raingsey and were prevented to demonstrate once already last week. This time they managed to reach the Chinese, Russian and Australian embassies, as well as the National Assembly to deliver a petition but, after trying to use a tuk-tuk to ram through a police barricade set up on Sihanouk boulevard, were prevented from reaching Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house.

They would be violently dispersed some 30 minutes after I left.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Boeung Kak lake community protesting in front of the municipal building to request the 12,44 Ha promised by Prime Minister Hun Sen several years back be finally outlined.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Boeung Kak lake community protesting in front of the municipal building to request the 12,44 Ha promised by Prime Minister Hun Sen several years back be finally outlined.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: The evicted railway community protests near the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its involvement in an inadequate relocation program.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: The evicted railway community protests near the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its involvement in an inadequate relocation program.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: The evicted railway community protests near the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its involvement in an inadequate relocation program.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: The evicted railway community protests near the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its involvement in an inadequate relocation program.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: The evicted railway community protests near the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its involvement in an inadequate relocation program.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: The evicted railway community protests near the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its involvement in an inadequate relocation program.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: The evicted railway community protests near the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its involvement in an inadequate relocation program.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: The evicted railway community protests near the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its involvement in an inadequate relocation program.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions..

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions..

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions..

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions..

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions..

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions..

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions..

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions..

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions..

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions..

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, try to ram through a barricade when they are stopped by the police from going ahead with a march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions near the residence of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, try to ram through a barricade when they are stopped by the police from going ahead with a march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions near the residence of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, are stopped from going ahead with a march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions near the residence of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, are stopped from going ahead with a march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions near the residence of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, are stopped from going ahead with a march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions near the residence of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Prah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Wat Samaki Raingsey, are stopped from going ahead with a march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions near the residence of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

‘Cambodia is not a recycle bin’ was one of the slogans carried by the 500+ citizens marching in the streets of Phnom Penh today to protest the refugee deal Australia signed with Cambodia. An undetermined number of volunteer candidate refugees, momentarily parked on Nauru island by the Australian authorities, would be transferred to an as of yet undisclosed place in the vicinity of Phnom Penh (not inside to capital itself because ‘there are too much traffic jams’) in exchange for $US 35 million in Australian aid over the next few years.

The protest went from the U.S. Embassy, to the Council of Ministers where a rather clumsy attempt by security guards to block the march failed miserably after a short scuffle, on to the United Nations Human Rights Office and then to the National Assembly. The Australian Embassy was reached after a lunch under the trees.

For the protesters the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia in itself is a good reason enough to protest, but it is also the occasion of pointing out everything which does not work properly in the ‘Kingdom of Wonder’.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protester showing fake US dollar bills in front of a police blockade near the European Union office during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protester showing fake US dollar bills in front of a police blockade near the European Union office during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, and protesters in front of the U.S. Embassy during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Seung Hay, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, and protesters in front of the U.S. Embassy during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protesters march on Monivong boulevard during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protesters march on Monivong boulevard during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Venerable Sim Sok Vandy, head monk from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ) (second monk from R.) an protesters in front of the U.S. Embassy during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Venerable Sim Sok Vandy, head monk from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ) (second monk from R.) an protesters in front of the U.S. Embassy during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protesters march on Monivong boulevard during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protesters march on Monivong boulevard during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protesters stopped by a police blockade near the Council of Ministers during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protesters stopped by a police blockade near the Council of Ministers during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Venerable Sim Sok Vandy, head monk from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ), in a scuffle with security guards trying to prevent access to the Council of Ministers during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Venerable Sim Sok Vandy, head monk from the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice (IMNSJ), in a scuffle with security guards trying to prevent access to the Council of Ministers during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protesters stopped by a police blockade near the Council of Ministers during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protesters stopped by a police blockade near the Council of Ministers during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protesters on Pasteur street near the European Union office during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protesters on Pasteur street near the European Union office during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Buddhist monks and protesters waiting in front of a police blockade near the European Union office during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Buddhist monks and protesters waiting in front of a police blockade near the European Union office during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Buddhist monks and protesters waiting in front of a police blockade near the European Union office during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Buddhist monks and protesters waiting in front of a police blockade near the European Union office during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Buddhist monks and protesters waiting in front of a police blockade near the European Union office during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Buddhist monks and protesters waiting in front of a police blockade near the European Union office during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protesters waiting in front of a police blockade near the European Union office during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protesters waiting in front of a police blockade near the European Union office during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protester dressed as a member of an ethnic minority near the European Union office during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protester dressed as a member of an ethnic minority near the European Union office during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protester carrying a sign saying 'Shame to be Australian' in front of the National Assembly during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protester carrying a sign saying 'Shame to be Australian' in front of the National Assembly during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protesters having a coin-rub during a break in front of the National Assembly during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/10/2014: Protesters having a coin-rub during a break in front of the National Assembly during a demonstration by various civil society groups against a controversial refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

The Bokator championship is still ongoing. See also yesterday’s post.

A slideshow I did a few years back on brodal serei can be seen HERE on Youtube.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Competitors rehearsing their moves on the third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Competitors rehearsing their moves on the third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Sacred signs on the back of a competitor onb the third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Sacred signs on the back of a competitor onb the third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Competitors rehearsing their moves on the third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Competitors rehearsing their moves on the third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Competitors enjoying their smartphone while waiting to compete during the third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Competitors enjoying their smartphone while waiting to compete during the third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Competitors tying protective rope around their wrists and knuckles on the third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Competitors tying protective rope around their wrists and knuckles on the third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Musicians accompanying the competitors on the third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 16/10/2014: Musicians accompanying the competitors on the third day of the National Bokator Championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

Surfing on a wave of nationalist pride, the ancient martial art of ‘bokator’, the likely ancestor of ‘brodal serei’ and ‘muay thai’ boxing, was given a significant boost for its revival a few years back through the impulse of grand master San Kim Sen. Today 29 bokator clubs, spread around the Kingdom, sent 124 members, both male and female, to take part in the National Bokator Championship.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Ropes protecting the forearms of the contestants at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Ropes protecting the forearms of the contestants at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestant during his routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestant during his routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestant praying before presenting his routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestant praying before presenting his routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Ropes protecting the forearms of the contestants at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Ropes protecting the forearms of the contestants at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Ropes protecting the forearms of the contestants at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Ropes protecting the forearms of the contestants at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants rehearsing their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants rehearsing their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship with a massage. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship with a massage. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship with a massage. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship with a massage. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 15/10/2014: Contestants preparing for their routine at the National Bokator championship. Bokator is a martial art dating from the 11th century and is considered to be at the basis of 'brodal serei' or 'muay thai'.

King Norodom Sihanouk passed away two years ago…

‘Royal Silence’, an ebook with photographs of his return from exile in 1991 and the ceremonies held in Phnom Penh upon his death is available for your iPad or your Mac running iBooks at THIS LINK

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 16/11/1991: Norodom Sihanouk on his first public appearance after his return from exile.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 16/11/1991: Norodom Sihanouk on his first public appearance after his return from exile.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 16/11/91: Norodom Sihanouk on his first press conference after his return from exile.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 16/11/91: Norodom Sihanouk on his first press conference after his return from exile.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 11/05/2001: King Norodom Sihanouk arriving at ploughing ceremony in front of Fine Arts Museum.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 11/05/2001: King Norodom Sihanouk arriving at ploughing ceremony in front of Fine Arts Museum.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 30/04/2002: King Norodom Sihanouk attending Ploughing Ceremony in front of National Museum.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 30/04/2002: King Norodom Sihanouk attending Ploughing Ceremony in front of National Museum.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 19/10/2012: Paying tribute to King Norodom Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace by offering their hair.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 19/10/2012: Paying tribute to King Norodom Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace by offering their hair.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 20/10/2012: About 2000 buddhist monks gathered in front of the Royal Palace, joined by a large crowd of Cambodians, for a collective meditation on the occasion of King Norodom Sihanouk's death 6 days earlier.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 20/10/2012: About 2000 buddhist monks gathered in front of the Royal Palace, joined by a large crowd of Cambodians, for a collective meditation on the occasion of King Norodom Sihanouk's death 6 days earlier.

The Borei Keila community which was cheated into a flawed on-site development by Suy Sophan, owner of development firm Phan Imex, and now live in disgracefull conditions following their eviction in January 2012, marched to City Hall to burn an effigy of the lady and request the authorities finally decide upon their fate regarding plots of land they were promised as a replacement.

This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for Land‘ story which is available as an iApp on iTunes and which reports on land issues in Cambodia since the year 2000 with texts by Robert Carmichael and over 700 photographs.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community prepare to march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community reflected in the windows of Vattanace tower during a march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community reflected in the windows of Vattanace tower during a march to the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community in front of the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community in front of the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community in front of the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Members from the evicted Borei Keila community in front of the City Hall to burn an effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated them out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Security guards extinguish the fire of a burning effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated evicted members of the Borei Keila community out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 14/10/2014: Security guards extinguish the fire of a burning effigy of Suy Sophan, the owner of development firm Phan Imex, who cheated evicted members of the Borei Keila community out of an appartment in a flawed on-site development.